The area takes in the small mill town of Keighley – described as the nation’s ‘capital’ of child grooming and the crimes involve 165 suspects and more than 100 victims Police are probing almost 200 cases of sexual exploitation in West Yorkshire amid fears of ‘another Rochdale’.
Officers in West Yorkshire Police’s Bradford District have 179 crimes where child sexual offences are a factor on their desks. The area takes in the small mill town of Keighley – described as the nation’s ‘capital’ of child grooming. The crimes involve 165 suspects and more than 100 victims.
Fears over new Rochdale grooming gang after West Yorkshire police investigate almost 200 new crimes
There are fears over a new Rochdale grooming gang after police in West Yorkshire say they are investigating almost 200 new child sex crimes.
It comes as a 12-man Asian gang were jailed for more than 140 years for abusing a 13-year-old girl in Keighley last year.
West Yorkshire Police say they are investigating 179 new sex crimes involving 165 suspects.
New police figures show 165 suspects in Keighley and Bradford are being investigated for child sexual exploitation
LATEST police figures show 179 crimes involving child sexual exploitation (CSE) are currently being investigated in Keighley and Bradford.
The statistics, released by West Yorkshire Police, show these crimes involve 165 suspects.
They compare with 220 child sexual exploitation crimes and 261 suspects under investigation in Keighley and Bradford exactly one year ago.
Michael Jameson, strategic director of Children’s Services at Bradford Council, said: “Child sexual exploitation is a horrendous crime and we work with police and other organisations to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice.